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Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Technician Salary (United States)

A little over a half of Environmental Health & Safety Technicians report less than five years' experience, making for a field full of relatively fresh workers who earn around $47K per year on average. Total cash compensation for Environmental Health & Safety Technicians runs from $33K to $65K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $6K and profit sharing that can reach almost $4K. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a solid majority, and a fair portion earn dental coverage. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Environmental Health & Safety Technicians. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Environmental Health & Safety Technicians. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Technician Salary (?
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$35,062 - $66,879
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MEDIAN: $47,326
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Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Technician Salary (?
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$13.76 - $25.63
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$35,062 - $66,879  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,960  
Profit Sharing
$811 - $3,945  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$32,573 - $65,196  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 212
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.76 - $25.63  
   
Overtime
$20.88 - $39.77  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,960  
   
Profit Sharing
$811 - $3,945  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$32,573 - $65,196  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 182
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Job Description for Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Technician

Environmental health and safety (EHS) technicians are responsible for collecting, delivering, preparing, and transferring many types of chemicals and other sensitive/hazardous materials around job sites. They are also in charge of conducting inspections to ensure that all equipment and processes meet business and regulatory requirements. Additionally, these professionals make sure the supply of chemicals and materials is maintained, train other employees in all regulatory processes, and make sure that all employees are following guidelines. This is generally a full-time position that requires some travel. EHS technicians also need to be able to occasionally lift heavy objects and work in confined spaces.
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Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Technician Tasks
  • Educate, monitor, and train personnel in safe work procedures.
  • Develop and disseminate manuals and documentation around health and safety.
  • Follow procedures to monitor health and safety at designated locations, such as ergonomics, air quality, and waste disposal.
  • Know, apply, and document state, OSHA, and federal regulations, and identify problems and suggest remedies.

Common Career Paths for Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Technician

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Environmental Health & Safety Technicians often transition into upper level Environmental Health & Safety Manager positions, where pay tends to be much higher. Typically, Environmental Health & Safety Managers earn $73K per year. Environmental Health & Safety Technicians most often move into positions as Environmental Health & Safety Specialists or Environmental Health & Safety Coordinators; those groups report median salaries that are $12K higher and $6K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Technician

Environmental Health & Safety Technicians only report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Environmental Compliance, Safety Compliance, and OSHA Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 7 percent, 7 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. The majority of those who know OSHA Compliance also know Environmental Compliance.

Pay by Experience Level for Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $44K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $48K. Environmental Health & Safety Technicians bring in $48K after working for 10 to 20 years. Environmental Health & Safety Technicians who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $58K. Most of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up roughly one in six of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than one in ten, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining fewer than one in twenty.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$46,000
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Surpassing the national average by 30 percent, Environmental Health & Safety Technicians in Freeport receive some of the highest pay in the country. Environmental Health & Safety Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+8 percent).

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Experience Affects Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Technician Salaries

Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$46,000

Skills That Affect Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Technician Salaries

Environmental Compliance
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National Average
$46,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 77 votes.

Gender

Female
27%
female alumni
 
Male
73%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 14%